Here's a skirt I've repaired for Basya Berkman Vintage Fashions. My friend Julia, who researches the clothing she sells there, told me to check out the interesting story behind this piece.
It's a crepe fabric, fully lined. The hem trims are, from top to bottom:
1. woven band with black beads covered with a basket weave of thread
2. wide woven band with woven ribbon threaded through it
3. woven band with a satin ribbon center
4. fringe of woven ribbon loops
It's kind of hard to photograph as it's all black on black, but I can assure you that the trims are really rich and intricate.
The interesting story is about the designer, Maggy Reeves of Toronto, Canada.
She started her business in the 1960s and 70s. At that time, she was one of very few women with her own line of couture clothing, a pioneer into the man's world of the big name fashion business. Many of her pieces were made to order, one-of-a-kind.
A nice telling of her story can be found here.
This is not "just" an unusually embellished black skirt! Just a little bit of research can lead to some interesting and important information.